Working in Partnership:

Section 174 of the Marine and Coastal Access Act (2009) places a duty on an IFCA to cooperate with its neighbouring IFCAs and other public authorities that are involved with regulation or enforcement in the sea within its District.

Southern IFCA recognise the importance of being fully engaged within the community, we see interaction with fishermen during decision making processes and assistance with research projects as essential to success. Over the coming months we will be actively seeking to establish and build close working relationships with all or new stakeholders. We will work with non-governmental organisations such as the Wildlife Trusts as well as seeking to actively promote the conservation value of the marine environment.

Southern IFCA has been developing close working relationships with other government agencies and organisations such as The Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS), Natural England (NE), Environment Agency (EA), Environmental Health Officers, The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) and the Marine Conservation Zone Balanced Seas Project.


Association of IFCAs (AIFCA)

The aim of the Association of Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (The Association) is to assist and promote the regional IFCAs to ensure that the authorities develop a leading and effective national role in fisheries and conservation management in line with the IFCA vision.

Association of IFCAs website

South Coast Fishermen's Council
The South Coast Fishermen’s Council exists to represent the views of fishers in Hampshire, Dorset and the Isle of Wight and to provide the opportunity for discussion and the exchange of information on fisheries issues.
The Council has existed since the 1970s and meets 8 times a year in Poole.

Contact Details

Marine Management Organisation (MMO)

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) has been established to make a significant contribution to sustainable development in the marine area and to promote the UK government’s vision for clean, healthy, safe, productive and biologically diverse oceans and seas.

The MMO is an executive non-departmental public body (NDPB) established and given powers under the Marine and Coastal Access Act 2009. This brings together, for the first time, key marine decision-making powers and delivery mechanisms.

Marine Management Organisation website



The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science – makes an important contribution to securing healthy and sustainable marine and freshwater environments so that current and future generations can prosper.

Cefas Defra website -



DEFRA are the UK government department responsible for policy and regulations on environmental, food and rural issues. Their priorities are to grow the rural economy, improve the environment and safeguard animal and plant health.

Gov.UK information on DEFRA


Environment Agency

The Environment Agency is an Executive Non-departmental Public Body responsible to the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Their principal aims are to protect and improve the environment, and to promote sustainable development. We play a central role in delivering the environmental priorities of central government through our functions and roles.

Environmental Agency website


Natural England

Natural England is the government’s advisor on the natural environment. They provide practical advice, grounded in science, on how best to safeguard England’s natural wealth for the benefit of everyone.

Natural England’s remit is to ensure sustainable stewardship of the land and sea so that people and nature can thrive. It is their responsibility to see that England’s rich natural environment can adapt and survive intact for future generations to enjoy.

Natural England website
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